Jacobs and AECOM have been awarded a contract by Transport Scotland to lead its second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2). The STPR2 is a strategic review which will provide recommendations to Scottish Ministers on future transport investment in Scotland focused on themes of economic prosperity, equality, health and well-being and climate action. Jacobs and AECOM will be supported by Big Partnership and the University of Leeds Institute of Transport Studies, as well as other industry technical experts.
The Jacobs and AECOM team undertook the first review published in 2008. This second review is programmed to take two years and focuses on national and regional issues to deliver national transport priorities. This includes strategies to make Scotland more accessible for residents, visitors and business, creating better connectivity with sustainable, smart and cleaner transport options. The review considers all transport modes including the strategic road and rail networks, as well as active travel, island connectivity, ferries and buses, and encompasses an extensive stakeholder engagement programme involving organizations from all parts of Scotland.
“This is a strategic review helping Transport Scotland to plan the transport investment required to support economic growth and social value in Scotland,” said Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Europe Senior Vice President and General Manager Donald Morrison. “Our previous work on the first review, our experience across global transport networks and our knowledge of Scottish infrastructure will enable us to look at the best use of existing assets, what new capacity is needed, what may or may not need to be built and the impact of digital disruption.”
AECOM Chief Executive – Civil Infrastructure, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Colin Wood MBE said: “This important review will support Transport Scotland in setting out an ambitious strategic transport investment plan that will deliver real benefits for people, communities and businesses in Scotland over the next two decades. Collaboration was key to the successful delivery of the first review and will be an essential ingredient as we look to drive forward the commitment given by the Cabinet Secretary to ongoing and inclusive conversations about the future of Scotland’s transport system.”
Director of Transport Strategy & Analysis for Transport Scotland Alison Irvine said, “Work is already underway on the review of the National Transport Strategy which will set out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future of our transport system. The outcomes from the NTS will inform the second Strategic Transport Projects Review.
“The appointment of consultancy support for STPR2 represents a significant step in the process, to identify the transport interventions required to provide Scotland with a transport network fit to deliver the vision of the NTS. Transport Scotland is looking forward to delivering this substantial transport appraisal, which will make recommendations for Scottish Ministers’ future investment in all transport modes.”